Le Madeleine Modern French Bistro Garden

★★★★☆
  • 403 W 43rd St

    New York, NY 10036

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  • 212-246-2993

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This restaurant is closed. Another victim of New York City real estate. I bet something really good will replace it... like Starbucks.

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★☆☆☆☆

This restaurant is closed. Another victim of New York City real estate. I bet something really good will replace it... like Starbucks.

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I'm really shocked at the amount of decent reviews for this place. A group of 6 of us went here around 10pm on a Saturday night for dinner. After taking our drink orders, we were basically ignored for 20 minutes by our waitress. We weren't even given a basket of bread! We finally snagged her and ordered our meal- apps and entrees. I agree with another review in saying that our waitress (I believe her name was Sonya- that was the name on the check) had obsessive compulsive disorder when it came to ordering your food. I asked what the soup was and she informed me it was sweet potato and when I shook my head no she went on for about 5 minutes on how horrible and sweet the soup is. Very strange. The mussels I ordered for the app were pretty good though. However, when the entrees came, both my pork chop entree as well as my friends were raw in the middle! We had to send them back. Another one of our entrees was too rare and the waitress replied that was the french way of cooking it and if we wanted it done anymore it would be ruined. huh? We're paying for it so cook it the way we like and asked for! After we received our pork chops back we realized that over 1/2 the pork chop was full on fat. It was disgusting. In the end the waitress "generously" offered my one friend a free diet coke (whoopie!) and my other friend a free dessert for her pork chop meal. I was offered nothing for my pork chop so we split the apple tart dessert between the 2 of us... which really wasn't good either. It had zero taste. The worst part was getting the bill and because we were a table of 6 the 20% gratuity was already included. Our waitress did NOT deserve anywhere near that. She was terrible. Like I said before, I think she has OCD and a bad attitude. It was almost like she was practically yelling at us for the way we were ordering our food! I would never return to this restaurant nor would I ever recommend it to anyone.

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★☆☆☆☆

I'm really shocked at the amount of decent reviews for this place. A group of 6 of us went here around 10pm on a Saturday night for dinner. After taking our drink orders, we were basically ignored for 20 minutes by our waitress. We weren't even given a basket of bread! We finally snagged her and ordered our meal- apps and entrees. I agree with another review in saying that our waitress (I believe her name was Sonya- that was the name on the check) had obsessive compulsive disorder when it came to ordering your food. I asked what the soup was and she informed me it was sweet potato and when I shook my head no she went on for about 5 minutes on how horrible and sweet the soup is. Very strange. The mussels I ordered for the app were pretty good though. However, when the entrees came, both my pork chop entree as well as my friends were raw in the middle! We had to send them back. Another one of our entrees was too rare and the waitress replied that was the french way of cooking it and if we wanted it done anymore it would be ruined. huh? We're paying for it so cook it the way we like and asked for! After we received our pork chops back we realized that over 1/2 the pork chop was full on fat. It was disgusting. In the end the waitress "generously" offered my one friend a free diet coke (whoopie!) and my other friend a free dessert for her pork chop meal. I was offered nothing for my pork chop so we split the apple tart dessert between the 2 of us... which really wasn't good either. It had zero taste. The worst part was getting the bill and because we were a table of 6 the 20% gratuity was already included. Our waitress did NOT deserve anywhere near that. She was terrible. Like I said before, I think she has OCD and a bad attitude. It was almost like she was practically yelling at us for the way we were ordering our food! I would never return to this restaurant nor would I ever recommend it to anyone.

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great place to take your out of town visitors who insist on staying in times square. I had the grilled salmon from the prixe fix- excellent. one of our party had the skate panang and he also raved. the private room in the back is great- go here while you still can (and sign the petition to save it from the developer).

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★★★★★

great place to take your out of town visitors who insist on staying in times square. I had the grilled salmon from the prixe fix- excellent. one of our party had the skate panang and he also raved. the private room in the back is great- go here while you still can (and sign the petition to save it from the developer).

Pros: Service, ambiance, food

Cons: None

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Always a pleasure to have brunch here. My friend and I ordered the eggs benedict and the French toast, and split them between us. Benedict was very good, and the French toast was awesome! At any meal, food has always been excellent actually. Occasionally a bit of stuffiness from a server, but nothing awful. Lovely ambience.

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★★★★☆

Always a pleasure to have brunch here. My friend and I ordered the eggs benedict and the French toast, and split them between us. Benedict was very good, and the French toast was awesome! At any meal, food has always been excellent actually. Occasionally a bit of stuffiness from a server, but nothing awful. Lovely ambience.

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Excellent pasta and fish disches. Service was very good, with extremely attentive staff, without 'hovering'.
Nice wine selection. This neighborhood institution is slated for closure...apparently the big city real estate machine wants to knock down the building and (probably) install another condo tower of dinky million dollar apartments. The restaurant, menu, and staff are certainly worth saving. The garden is lovely, and was on Saturday, 1/6 - a particularly warm day in New York!

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★★★☆☆

Excellent pasta and fish disches. Service was very good, with extremely attentive staff, without 'hovering'.
Nice wine selection. This neighborhood institution is slated for closure...apparently the big city real estate machine wants to knock down the building and (probably) install another condo tower of dinky million dollar apartments. The restaurant, menu, and staff are certainly worth saving. The garden is lovely, and was on Saturday, 1/6 - a particularly warm day in New York!

Pros: Ambiance, attentive staff

Cons: A bit noisy with hard surface acoustics

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Very good, reliable spot for lunch or pre-theater. Tasty menu and nice ambiance. Recommended. I've returned several times.

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★★★☆☆

Very good, reliable spot for lunch or pre-theater. Tasty menu and nice ambiance. Recommended. I've returned several times.

Pros: Good pre-theater food

Cons: Good but not amazing

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Based on the high reviews of this restaurant, I booked a table for a special event in advance. Basically I'm trying to figure out what all the hubbub is that would result in a 9.0 from CitySearch! My experience was a thumbs down.
You're better off going to any number French Bistros down in the village or around the city IMO. On top of that it's extremely close seating. The place is tiny. Other people on top of you. The food was not outstanding at all and the service was average. I would never go again. The one plus is Gene Bertoncini's guitar work--if you manage to get a table near him.

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★☆☆☆☆

Based on the high reviews of this restaurant, I booked a table for a special event in advance. Basically I'm trying to figure out what all the hubbub is that would result in a 9.0 from CitySearch! My experience was a thumbs down.
You're better off going to any number French Bistros down in the village or around the city IMO. On top of that it's extremely close seating. The place is tiny. Other people on top of you. The food was not outstanding at all and the service was average. I would never go again. The one plus is Gene Bertoncini's guitar work--if you manage to get a table near him.

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we came here for brunch on a saturday afternoon. the waitress was very courteous. she gave us an opinion of what she liked at this little french place. i took her advice and i'm glad i did. if you're heading there for brunch, go for the frittata. you'll be glad you did. there is one thing i was disappointed about. the coffee was lukewarm.

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★★★★☆

we came here for brunch on a saturday afternoon. the waitress was very courteous. she gave us an opinion of what she liked at this little french place. i took her advice and i'm glad i did. if you're heading there for brunch, go for the frittata. you'll be glad you did. there is one thing i was disappointed about. the coffee was lukewarm.

Pros: helpful staff, big portions

Cons: coffee

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Booked reservations based on readers' reviews and the food definitely lived up to its reputation. However, the waitress was unbelievably bossy and controlling; I believe she may suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder, as it seemed very distressing to her when we did not order our food in just the right way. Extremely odd behavior! Too bad for an otherwise wonderul restaurant!

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★★★★★

Booked reservations based on readers' reviews and the food definitely lived up to its reputation. However, the waitress was unbelievably bossy and controlling; I believe she may suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder, as it seemed very distressing to her when we did not order our food in just the right way. Extremely odd behavior! Too bad for an otherwise wonderul restaurant!

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After making a reservation for three people weeks in advance and confirming it the day before we were met by a rude host who insisted the reservation was for two. After saying, "Well, that's gonna be a problem," he did not say a single word to us. Then after a few uncomfortable minutes he showed us to a table. Never saying a word. Did I mention that we arrived at 4:45 p.m. and there was only one occupied table in the place. Our waiter was not what you would call warm. I think he was actually bothered that we were there. The food however was exceptional and the price-fix theater menu was great. Get rid us the snooty, couldn't be bothered help and this place could be a jewel.

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★★☆☆☆

After making a reservation for three people weeks in advance and confirming it the day before we were met by a rude host who insisted the reservation was for two. After saying, "Well, that's gonna be a problem," he did not say a single word to us. Then after a few uncomfortable minutes he showed us to a table. Never saying a word. Did I mention that we arrived at 4:45 p.m. and there was only one occupied table in the place. Our waiter was not what you would call warm. I think he was actually bothered that we were there. The food however was exceptional and the price-fix theater menu was great. Get rid us the snooty, couldn't be bothered help and this place could be a jewel.

Pros: food, value, convenient for theate

Cons: service, host, waiter

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My favorite salmon in town... but I've recently sampled the steak and duck, fantastic.
Try for the garden room if possible, its very cozy.

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★★★★★

My favorite salmon in town... but I've recently sampled the steak and duck, fantastic.
Try for the garden room if possible, its very cozy.

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Great ambiance... try to get seated in the "garden" Food was very good. Service was good. Make a Reservation!!! It gets crowded during dinner/theatre times.

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★★★★★

Great ambiance... try to get seated in the "garden" Food was very good. Service was good. Make a Reservation!!! It gets crowded during dinner/theatre times.

Pros: Ambiance, Close to theatres

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I choose this place for my last date based largly on the reviews on this site and I must say it ivd up to it's billing. The food was great (although the arugala in the arugala salad needs to be chopped) the service was not fantastic but pretty good (inubtrusive, great on a date) and the ambience was perfect.

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★★★★★

I choose this place for my last date based largly on the reviews on this site and I must say it ivd up to it's billing. The food was great (although the arugala in the arugala salad needs to be chopped) the service was not fantastic but pretty good (inubtrusive, great on a date) and the ambience was perfect.

Pros: ambience, wine, location

Cons: , crowded

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Try the salmon - I was a bit concerned about the fennel - but this dish's combination of textures and flavors left me wanting more. I will definetly go back for another visit.

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★★★★★

Try the salmon - I was a bit concerned about the fennel - but this dish's combination of textures and flavors left me wanting more. I will definetly go back for another visit.

Pros: Great Wine, Excellent Lighting, Convenient Location

Cons: , Crowded, Bathrooms

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Came here for brunch a while ago. I liked the space, though it pushed on the "faux" French a little too hard. The food was, well, fine, but nothing to write home about. Maybe it's different in the evening, but I'd give this a 7/10 rather than the (approx) 9/10 it gets on average

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★★★☆☆

Came here for brunch a while ago. I liked the space, though it pushed on the "faux" French a little too hard. The food was, well, fine, but nothing to write home about. Maybe it's different in the evening, but I'd give this a 7/10 rather than the (approx) 9/10 it gets on average

Pros: Carefully executed

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This wonderful little bistro in the theatre district was recommended by my parents. They weren't wrong. We sat in the charming garden room-- completely full and a bit loud but not overwhelming. Service was excellent. Both of us had the duck, which was delicious, perfectly cooked and accompanied by a wonderful polenta and a sort of sour cabbage. This was an excellent value and a wonderful dinner experience. In fact, we've already made a reservation to go back!

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★★★★★

This wonderful little bistro in the theatre district was recommended by my parents. They weren't wrong. We sat in the charming garden room-- completely full and a bit loud but not overwhelming. Service was excellent. Both of us had the duck, which was delicious, perfectly cooked and accompanied by a wonderful polenta and a sort of sour cabbage. This was an excellent value and a wonderful dinner experience. In fact, we've already made a reservation to go back!

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We sat in the garden room. I had a appetizing mixed green salad, chicken w/ great mashed potatoes and a pretty good creme brulee. Waitress was nice but didnt know some specials and was alittle off, think she was new. Overall a plkeasant experience.

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★★★★☆

We sat in the garden room. I had a appetizing mixed green salad, chicken w/ great mashed potatoes and a pretty good creme brulee. Waitress was nice but didnt know some specials and was alittle off, think she was new. Overall a plkeasant experience.

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We had a great time when we took my friend out for lunch for her birthday! We sat in the garden room, which is open year round & very nice! The little fountain in the back, and even though it the place was full it wasn't loud or stuffy. The gazpacho was GREAT!! Never been a big fan but would come back again just for that. The food was very good & the service was very friendly!!

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★★★★★

We had a great time when we took my friend out for lunch for her birthday! We sat in the garden room, which is open year round & very nice! The little fountain in the back, and even though it the place was full it wasn't loud or stuffy. The gazpacho was GREAT!! Never been a big fan but would come back again just for that. The food was very good & the service was very friendly!!

Pros: service, food, garden

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It was recommended by a friend and boy was she right on! The ambience is sweet, the garden room is beautiful, but you are there for the wonderful food. The Crisp Spicy Duck was sublime, but leave room for dessert. Have the Valhrona Chocolate and Carmel Mousse or the Lemon Custard. They will use up all your points for the week but it is worth it. You can also find a very nice wine for a reasonable price. Go there and tell all your friends!

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★★★★★

It was recommended by a friend and boy was she right on! The ambience is sweet, the garden room is beautiful, but you are there for the wonderful food. The Crisp Spicy Duck was sublime, but leave room for dessert. Have the Valhrona Chocolate and Carmel Mousse or the Lemon Custard. They will use up all your points for the week but it is worth it. You can also find a very nice wine for a reasonable price. Go there and tell all your friends!

Pros: Beautiful Decor, Great Food, Friendly Service

Cons: none I can think of

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I was not impressed at all with this restuarant. My rib-eye was way over cooked (burned is more like it). The service was not to par - had to ask for water refills. Hubby liked his chicken and my son was satisfied with the salmon. The bread was cold and hard. No salad was offered with entree. I would not recommend this place. I couldn't sit in the garden room due to a private party - but I did see empty tables the whole time I was there.

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★★★☆☆

I was not impressed at all with this restuarant. My rib-eye was way over cooked (burned is more like it). The service was not to par - had to ask for water refills. Hubby liked his chicken and my son was satisfied with the salmon. The bread was cold and hard. No salad was offered with entree. I would not recommend this place. I couldn't sit in the garden room due to a private party - but I did see empty tables the whole time I was there.

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I have dined in a fair number of French restaurants in Manhattan, low-end to high-end. The nicest thing about Le Madeleine is its location (Theatre District) and its "escape routes," including some very fairly priced prix-fixe dinners.

You'll spend about 20 for an entree, 10 for an appetizer, and 10 for the wine. Tax and tip will bring it to 50.

The black bean soup was uninspiring, the lamb was obvious but nicely done. I appreciated the amuse-bouche from the maitre-d' even if it tasted like hummus from the store.

Service - our waitress was positively frightened that we would return the salmon if cooked medium rare. Even after assuring her we wouldn't, she repeated herself, not once, not twice, but three times. But the wait staff is pretty good for a bistrot. Our water was filled untold times.

The restaurant is roomy, clientele older and seemingly "in-the-know."

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★★★★☆

I have dined in a fair number of French restaurants in Manhattan, low-end to high-end. The nicest thing about Le Madeleine is its location (Theatre District) and its "escape routes," including some very fairly priced prix-fixe dinners.

You'll spend about 20 for an entree, 10 for an appetizer, and 10 for the wine. Tax and tip will bring it to 50.

The black bean soup was uninspiring, the lamb was obvious but nicely done. I appreciated the amuse-bouche from the maitre-d' even if it tasted like hummus from the store.

Service - our waitress was positively frightened that we would return the salmon if cooked medium rare. Even after assuring her we wouldn't, she repeated herself, not once, not twice, but three times. But the wait staff is pretty good for a bistrot. Our water was filled untold times.

The restaurant is roomy, clientele older and seemingly "in-the-know."

Pros: ambience, price, location

Cons: boring food

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Fabulous Food, Wonderful Wine & Enticing ambiance. Awesome alliterations right!!! This place was great all around. The only thing that could make it better would be if the hostess wasn't so snooty! Not as bad as Abe Froman, the sausage king snooty, but if she keeps it up she might get there. Otherwise this place is Fantastic.

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★★★★★

Fabulous Food, Wonderful Wine & Enticing ambiance. Awesome alliterations right!!! This place was great all around. The only thing that could make it better would be if the hostess wasn't so snooty! Not as bad as Abe Froman, the sausage king snooty, but if she keeps it up she might get there. Otherwise this place is Fantastic.

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Excellent French bistro--from wines and bread to appetizers and main dishes to desserts. Waiter so nice and helpful; lovely atmosphere. Would definitely go back in the near future.

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★★★★★

Excellent French bistro--from wines and bread to appetizers and main dishes to desserts. Waiter so nice and helpful; lovely atmosphere. Would definitely go back in the near future.

Pros: food, atmosphere

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I love this place... everything is great there ... the food, drinks, service... one of the best restaurant in Manhattan for sure. And try to go to the garden it's beautiful!!!

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★★★★★

I love this place... everything is great there ... the food, drinks, service... one of the best restaurant in Manhattan for sure. And try to go to the garden it's beautiful!!!

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If only there was a restaurant this good in New Haven. Been going almost monthly for over a year now, and yet to be disappointed; in fact, always pleased. If you plan far enough in advance the garden room is an added delight. As close to perfection as any I've seen. Great staff.

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★★★★★

If only there was a restaurant this good in New Haven. Been going almost monthly for over a year now, and yet to be disappointed; in fact, always pleased. If you plan far enough in advance the garden room is an added delight. As close to perfection as any I've seen. Great staff.

Pros: Ask! They'll try.

Cons: Dunno any.

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This spot never fails to impress. Our most recent visit was for a spectacular pre-theatre brunch. The ambiance, food and service were all top drawer. A+

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★★★★★

This spot never fails to impress. Our most recent visit was for a spectacular pre-theatre brunch. The ambiance, food and service were all top drawer. A+

Pros: staff, food, ambiance

Cons: can't think of any

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Good to great food, friendly staff. But, go to hear the jazz. Gene is a classis jazz guitarist, usually there on Sunday and Monday nights.

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★★★★★

Good to great food, friendly staff. But, go to hear the jazz. Gene is a classis jazz guitarist, usually there on Sunday and Monday nights.

Pros: Gene Bertoncini, Food, Atmosphere

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Always an increadable place to stop by for a romantic meal, a pre-show bite, or that all important quiet late drink with someone special.

The garden room adds a special touch of feeling completely removed from the city.

Most importantly, for a french restaurant, there seems to be a suprising lack of snooty french accents.

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★★★★★

Always an increadable place to stop by for a romantic meal, a pre-show bite, or that all important quiet late drink with someone special.

The garden room adds a special touch of feeling completely removed from the city.

Most importantly, for a french restaurant, there seems to be a suprising lack of snooty french accents.

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went to Le Madeleine on a friend's reccomendation and loved the place. Beautiful garden, surprisingly very good food, and super nice staff. We loved the seared salmon salad. we'll be back.

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★★★★★

went to Le Madeleine on a friend's reccomendation and loved the place. Beautiful garden, surprisingly very good food, and super nice staff. We loved the seared salmon salad. we'll be back.

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This is one great restaurant. Moderately priced, great food , great ambiance ( try to get a table in the garden!). Probably the best skate in NY. Innovative twists on bistro classics, always very good. Every dish our waiter reccommended was right on the money, and we get out on time for our show!!

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★★★★★

This is one great restaurant. Moderately priced, great food , great ambiance ( try to get a table in the garden!). Probably the best skate in NY. Innovative twists on bistro classics, always very good. Every dish our waiter reccommended was right on the money, and we get out on time for our show!!

Pros: great value

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We've been coming here for years, and the place just keeps getting better. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, even when they're packed, which is most of the time. The food is modern without being fussy, and is ALWAYS delicious. Our favorite in the area.

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★★★★★

We've been coming here for years, and the place just keeps getting better. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, even when they're packed, which is most of the time. The food is modern without being fussy, and is ALWAYS delicious. Our favorite in the area.

Pros: great value

Cons: small bathrooms

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Been there two or three times, always a great meal, great service, just a charming, cozy, delightful, unpretentious place.

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★★★★★

Been there two or three times, always a great meal, great service, just a charming, cozy, delightful, unpretentious place.

 

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